My mind has been on waste a lot recently. It was sparked by a moment when driving to a workshop with The Do Lectures. Being a bit early I wanted to stop to take a beautiful Instagram photo on the sunny morning in Pembrokeshire. I stopped, peered over a hedge and saw the following fly tipping pile. Disgusted I was going to find somewhere else to take that perfect landscape shot, but decided this carried more weight.
Since then I’ve been seeing a lot more litter around. The rivers and hedges on my local walks have anything from plastic bottles, to tyres and even a scooter.
The other day I took the family out with the wheel barrow to litter pick and maybe find some stuff to selvedge. We’ve turned a pipe into a planter.
So, as you can see litter has been on my mind and when I saw the Surfing Evian babies advert I was appalled. I don’t like water bottle companies and as a family we’re trying not to buy plastic bottles, as a start to cutting down our waste. Something is deeply wrong with using the beach and surfing to advertise water bottle, when every beach in the world has bottles washing up on them. They then biodegrade into microplastics and enter the food chain. Our babies food chain.
Magic Seaweed rightly point out that they could have used a real surfer!
This is refuelling my commitment to not buy plastic water bottles and also to reduce my waste bit by bit. I can’t see myself being as radical to go zero waste a la Trash is for Tossers, Litterless, and Going Zero Waste, but maybe we can all take a few leaves out of their books and be a bit more aware. Pick up some litter or do a #2minutebeachclean. It seems a massive task to clean up our wilderness and outdoor spaces, but bit by bit we can do it. One plastic bottle at a time.